Scarlett Picks: Hot Spring Artists and Releases

Mar 24, 2014

Spring is here, and if you didn’t get to head down to the South by Southwest festivities in Austin, no worries! We got you covered on IPR’s Studio One; and complied a list of some of the hottest upcoming artists on the scene, as well as the spring releases we are looking forward to.

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Brooklyn duo, Denitia and Sene have created a buzz with their blend of electronic pop and soul. As one of groups to watch out for at this year’s SXSW, here is a track off their 2013 debut His and Hers.

Anne Clark has taken St. Vincent to the next level with her self-titled album, released in late February. Check out her fresh new look and sound. Remember her stellar performance with David Byrne at last year’s 80/35 Music Festival? You can definitely hear a David Byrne influence on her lead single Digital Witness.

Chilean-French rapper Ana Tijoux’s new album Vengo will be released this week on Nacional Records. She was also showcased at this year’s SXSW. This is the CD title track from her new CD out this week.

For their second full-length, Voices, Phantogram recorded in LA with producer John Hill, who has worked with artists M.I.A. and Santigold.  Their pulsing R&B and electronic dance beats on Voices is a great followup to their 2011 debut, Eyelid Movies.  The track, “Fall in Love” really demonstrates the strength of their new album.

Sisyphus is the new name of the Serengeti, Son Lux, and Sufjan Stevens collaboration formerly known as s/s/s. Their new self-titled album was commissioned by the Walker Art Center and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music series in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Check out Lion’s Share.

Iowa’s own Twins are releasing their sophomore album Tomboys on Parade on the local label Maximum Ames Records, April 1. Here is the official video for “Babe City” off their forthcoming album.

Born out of their mutual love for Brazilian bossa nova music, jazz, and film soundtracks of the late 60s and early 70s, Thievery Corporation has compiled a new luscious musical landscape in their forthcoming album Saudade, due out April 1. This is the first song from the album.  

Also out on April 1st is the new 3rd album, Hot Dreams from Canada’s Timber Timbre. "Curtains?!" is the second single off of the forthcoming Hot Dreams. On a side note, Timber Timbre will be at The Mill in Iowa City on May 7.

Wye Oak is taking a more electronic approach in their new album, Shriek, out April 29. “Glory” is the lead single.

Welsh artist Gruff Rhys has an interesting multi-media project coming out on May 5 called American Interior, which entails of an album, book, film and app. Here is the promo trailer.

Lykke Li will conclude her trilogy on May 6 with the release of her new album, I Never Learn. A preview is below.

UK darlings, The Horrors continue their synth progression on their upcoming 4th album, Luminous, due out on May 6.

La Sera is the new project from Katy Goodman, founding member of Vivian Girls and All Saint’s Day. You can listen and download the shredding first single “Losing to the Dark” off their 3rd album Hour of the Dawn out on May 13.

Swedish quartet, Little Dragon is also dropping their new album on May 13 called Nabuma Rubberband. Watch the video for the hot new single “Klapp, Klapp.”

Singer songwriter Sharon Van Etten is putting forth her new 4th record, Are We There, May 27th. Stream “Taking Chances” from the upcoming Are We There.

Spanish Gold is making their debut this spring with South of Nowhere on May 27. Stream their first single “Out On the Street” below. The Spanish Gold trio consists of Patrick Hallahan of My Morning Jacket on drums, guitarist Adrian Quesada formerly of Groupo Fantasma and Dante Schwebel, formerly of Hacienda and currently with City and Color, on vocals and guitar.  

Lastly, Echo & The Bunnymen will be releasing their 12th studio album Meteorites on Jun 3. There is no audio available for their album yet.